Christopher Nolan has a lot riding on “The Dark Knight Rises” when it comes to theaters in 2012. Nolan is the director of his third “Batman” movie, but this one could come with even more pressure than the first two. Nolan was called in to recreate the character of Bruce Wayne, and did so in such an original way, that many other comic book franchises have now taken their lead from him. Now Nolan has to follow up the hugely successful “The Dark Knight” from 2008. It’s going to be quite difficult to create a film that successful, but it doesn’t mean Nolan is going to shy away from the task.
In between his “Batman” projects, Nolan presented theater-goers with “Inception” and “The Prestige”, two films that really set themselves apart from just about anything else out there. It’s not like this is the first time that he has done that either, as some of his past credits also include “Insomnia” and “Memento”. With each new film Nolan is able to break new ground when it comes to not just originality but interest from audiences, and he is really at the peak of his talents right now. Now he has the heavy task of presenting a new “Batman” movie, and it will be done under an extremely bright spotlight.
In the worldwide box office, “The Dark Knight” brought in over $1 billion to make it one of the most successful films of all time. The film set a new standard for what comic book films can do, and really ushered in a new era of these types of films getting taken more seriously. It also showed that Nolan wasn’t afraid to show the weaknesses of a main character or to let one of his stars (Ledger) prove everyone wrong by simply becoming his character. There had been a lot of grumblings about Ledger becoming The Joker, but Nolan and Ledger proved themselves to be geniuses when the character started receiving award nominations.
“Inception” was one of the biggest films of 2010, pushing Nolan into a completely different genre than before, but now he is focusing his attention on the final “Batman” film that he and Christian Bale will be a part of. They are closing to close out a big chapter of their careers with this film, and the buzz is already at a fever-pitch regarding what characters or villains will be showcased. It would be almost impossible to believe that Nolan could create an even better sequel than he did with “The Dark Knight”, but if he can, he will be staring greatness right in the face. If he can pull off another great chapter in the “Batman” franchise, he will definitely cement his place among the best directors in the business.